Outdoor Lands During Lockdown


Harry, a level 5 member of our club, led our meeting with a theme covering open status and recommendations for outdoor lands during the current Stay Home Stay Healthy order resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Harry, an avid outdoorsman, gave great information for which parks and lands are open and what the process and recommendations are for visiting parks within driving distance to Seattle.

Lionel gave and impromptu speech about his start in skydiving. He did a great job of providing not only information *about* skydiving including the equipment and types of dives. In addition, he physically demonstrated – on our video call – dive and fall positions. His enthusiasm and energy for the sport were clear and he received comments about how his speech made them feel excited about his experience. What great feedback to receive! This was Lionel’s first speech in our club and it was a great first speech!

Tim led our debate with a great question: Given our current social distancing situation, should reservations be required to visit public lands or go on a day hike? Attendees were selected and assigned a position to argue and each participant had 30-45 seconds to state their case. The debate event is unique to our club in Seattle and is a great way to practice impromptu speaking.

Kellon led Table Topics, which includes round of prepared questions posed to attendees in the meeting. Question answerers have 1-2min to answer the question and at the end of the meeting participants vote on who gave the best impromptu answer. This event is common in Toastmasters meetings across various clubs and provides a great opportunity to practice speaking in situations where you are put on the spot and do not have time to prepare an answer. This is a great skill for both professional and personal life.

Kellon’s Table Topic questions included:

  • If you had a magic power, what would it be and why?
  • What would you do in a zombie apocalypse?
  • If you could create a fortune cookie and go back and give it to yourself when you were 16, what would it say?
  • What sitcom would you play in and why?

Our Word of the Day was Flotsam. Noun. Phenotic – Spelling FLAHT-sum
Definition: Floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo.. so floating debris.

We had 11 attendees including our Area Director. Thank you all for your time and participation!